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Four development sites face inquiry amid green belt concerns

Four major North West logistics development sites are to be challenged at a public inquiry as the government listens to concerns about green belt land.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has called in four applications for a total of 4 million sq ft.

The sites all cluster around motorway junctions on the east-west trans Pennine routes.

The four schemes are Langtree’s proposal for a 1 million sq ft proposals for the long-derelict 230-acre former Parkside colliery at Newton-le-Willows; Tritax Symmetry’s plan for 1.4 million sq ft at Symmetry Park, Wigan; Liberty Properties and Stobart’s controversial plans for a 630,000 sq ft distribution centre at Warrington; and Harworth’s 1 million sq ft scheme for Wingates, Bolton.

Several of the plans have endured long campaigns of local opposition, although the Tritax plan was approved earlier this year for a 135-acre largely green belt site close to junction 5 of the M6 motorway.

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